We miss a winner of Discovering Start-Ups 2013 – Chirp
Somewhat disappointingly, GoMo News failed to make the promotional event which highlighted the winners of this year’s [2013's] – ‘Discovering Start-Ups competition’. The competition is in many ways similar to the Tech TrailBlazers awards – an event where GoMo News is a major media partner (See here). Incidentally, if you haven’t got your entry into Tech Trailblazers by now – you’re probably too late because entries officially closed on September 26th . But we digress. What we’d really like to have seen was a demo of ‘audio’ barcodes from Chirp.
The Discovering Start-Ups competition is run by Cambridge Wireless and Silicon South West.
These are two of the UK’s leading technology industry networks which run the event – along with support of London’s Tech City.
One of this year’s [2013's] winners was Chirp. This is a new platform that allows consumers and businesses to share data using sonic barcodes.
Apparently they take the form of electronic bird song to transmit the data and so can be delived by anything that creates sound including TVs, radios and even doorbells as well as smartphones, of course.
The London-based company’s web site is here
Another winner which we missed is Ether Books from Bath.
This company has developed a mobile social commerce technology platform that enables individual writers and publishers’ writers, to get published, get paid and to engage directly with a global smartphone and tablet reading audience.
Now in its fourth year, the competition is sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures, as well as Google, Rohde & Schwarz, SETsquared, Microlease/Agilent Technologies and Taylor Wessing, who hosted the pitch event at its London headquarters.
Maybe next year we will actually get along!
Read the full Press release here.